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Peggy Noonan Caught On Live Mic After Her Three-Highball Breakfast

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Oh merciless heavens! Peggington Noonanshire MCMLXVII, our the veritable erudite PRINCESS OF WORDSMITHERY, was captured on a dastardly “hot microphone” giving voice to such uncouth sayingisms as “bullshit,” about Caribou Barbie Sarah Palin! How dare she traipse about in those sullied word-knickers! [TPM]

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  • Walnuts4Perez!

    best vetting ever.

  • Serolf Divad

    Gawd, I love live mics! It’s like reality TV only better.

  • mhale0

    Ha, this was a funny video.

    Also, this site is still hideous.
    Are you actually trying to chase your readers away, Wonkettes?

  • Senator Ted Stevens

    “it’s over.” Delightful.

  • Buffy and Hildegard

    “It’s over.”

  • TGY

    Nicely placed Ron Paul sign there in the background at the beginning.

  • stew

    “It’s over!” Was Peggy referring to the election or regular sex with Mike Murphy???

  • shoeho

    I was wondering how many days/vodka’s it would take for one of them to slip.

  • FunkyPalmettoBug

    Didn’t Noonan just write a column about how great Palin is?

  • Vanity Smurf

    God loves Wonkette. He loves us a lot.

  • Gopherit v2.0

    Oh my gods. I came hearing Peggy’s voice. I feel so….wrong.

  • Cogito Ergo Bibo

    Way to go Peggy! They DID go for the bullshit narrative in tappin’ that GILF’s ass. Too bad she’s only saying that off the record.

  • columnv

    Gimmicky? No, picking a 20 month gov of a state that borders BOTH (!) Canada and the USSR is a gimmick!

    I think not.

    Palin is the hero of every vagina American I know.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=81344]mhale0[/re]: no, just trying to make money so there will still be a site. would you like to complain more?

  • Vanity Smurf

    Peggy Noonan is a good Catholic girl. She no likee the evangelical nutjobs.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Best open mic moment ever!

  • Special Agent Jack Mehoff

    Neat! Once again Wonkette dazzles meh bloodshot ears with only the finest of the fine cream from the teevees

  • Clean for Gene

    Here’s what Peggy had to say at the end of her WSJ column today:
    Final point. Palin’s friends should be less immediately worried about what the Obama campaign will do to her than what the McCain campaign will do. This is a woman who’s tough enough to work her way up and through, and to say yes to a historic opportunity, but she will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics. She will be mobbed up in the McCain campaign by people who care first about McCain and second about themselves. (Or, let’s be honest, often themselves first and then McCain.) Palin will never be higher than number three in their daily considerations. They won’t have enough interest in protecting her, advancing her, helping her play to her strengths, helping her kick away from danger. And – there is no nice way to say this, even though at this point I shouldn’t worry about nice – some of them are that worst sort of aide, dim and insensitive past or present lobbyists with high self-confidence. She’ll be a thing to them; they’ll see the smile and the chignon and the glasses and think she’s Truvi from Steel Magnolias. They’ll run right over her, not because they’re strong but because they’re stupid. The McCain campaign better get straight on this. He should step in, knock heads, scare his own people and get Palin the help and high-level staff all but the most seasoned vice presidential candidates require.


  • Texan Bulldoggette

    I thought it was the only the ‘angry left’ & evil bloggers that thought ridiculous thoughts like this. How’s Walnuts going to spin this (since Murphy was his campaign manager in 2000, back when he still had a soul)? Peggy must have finally deflated her Reagan blow up doll & decided to leave the 80s.

  • floraway

    Man, I can’t get this to work…

  • irisheyes

    [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: I for one, Jim, like the upgrades. It’s all pink and pretty and I’m feeling rather girlish these days. But mostly because the title of the movie reflects the current state of the McCain campaign…

  • SuperRounder

    [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: If you guys do this for the new Frank Miller movie I will be your best friend forever.

    Oh yeah, the Noonan v. Palin jello wrestling match will begin after Palin’s big speech.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Okay, I’m confused — if that’s her real opinion, why doesn’t she offer it on the record instead of just making up some Republican rah-rah BS? The Wall Street Journal would certainly afford a great mind like hers a — oh — ha, ha — nevermind.

  • Reefpilot

    So goes the GOP omerta on yup-yup.

    Wonkette, this pink shit looks like Sparkle Motion OD’d on cherry Nerds candy and Shirley Temples and sprayed diarrhea all over my monitor. This isn’t change we can believe in.

  • Rush

    I thought “it’s over” meant Wonkette with all of these new Madison Ave. BS advertisements.

  • jjgittes

    God, it’s like the Zapruder film of utter uselessness.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=81355]Jim Newell[/re]: Oy! My legs are sore and my hemorrhoids are burning. And why don’t my parents call me more often? And tomorrow’s my birthday and nobody is giving me any presents………

  • Sussemilch

    [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: Nice excerpt there, thanks.

  • Cogito Ergo Bibo

    Murphy: “It’s not gonna work!”
    Noonan: “It’s over.”

    I do love that. And is it Kay Bailey Hutchinson they’re talking about being “all bummed out” this morning? Whoa. So many gems in there.

  • bitchincamaro

    “We’ll do it live. DO IT LIVE! FUCK IT!” Bill O’s words are talk-show poetry.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    I have no sound… why did they cut to the scene of the convention for like 4 hours? Was it an oopsy?

  • Vanity Smurf

    [re=81372]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I’m just waiting for the WSJ to endorse Obama. That one is going to happen and it will be so delicious.

  • Aurelio

    Peggy Noonan, authoress of the phrase, “a thousand points of light,” calls the RNC Palin narrative “bullshit”? Manners have suffered.

  • tsunami

    great new background, wonkette, but why is it so blurry?

    [knocks back another stoli]

    so…that new repug bich is pretty hot, eh?

  • WadISay

    Haha Peggy, welcome to our little backwater third-world shithole here at the head of the Mississippi, where dorky techs who can’t make it in New York leave mics live all the time because all people ever do off camera is exchange hot dish recipies and who cares anyway.

  • Buffy and Hildegard

    I’m sick and tired of teh ridiculous sexism of Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan. F’ing polar bear loving c*nts!

  • Spiro Agnew

    Damn, had this on in the background and didnt catch it.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=81383]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: has the transcript on their web site. Must have audio–no good without it.

  • trophy(forparticipation)wife

    [re=81344]mhale0[/re]: Just narrow your screen. You can still sense the offensiveness of the ad but it’s not quite as bad.

  • Aurelio

    [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: Your quote from Peggy “Points of Light” Noonan: “Palin’s friends should be less immediately worried about what the Obama campaign will do to her than what the McCain campaign will do… [S]he will know little of, or rather have little experience in, the mischief inherent in national Republican politics.”

    Peggy, what’s got into ya?

  • randomsausage

    I bet Palin’s gonna kick Peggy’s ass when she sees her. Cat fight! Cat fight!

  • natoslug

    I’m all for ads if they keep the site going. But . . . wouldn’t it be more effective if there were a click-through? I’m just too damned lazy to type in a url. And to give our eyes a chance to relax a bit, maybe throw up an ad for “Humboldt County” every once in a while?

  • Hooray For Anything

    Wait. Do you mean to tell me that a Republican pundit said one thing completely different than what they said before? They never do that.

  • AxmxZ

    Yes. I agree. It’s over. Noonan, Murphy – you guys rock.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=81394]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Egggggselent. That was pretty good stuff. Thank you.

  • MoodProcessor

    Hang on here, I need a reality check.
    Ms. Noonan is considered a conservative columnist, and yet she’s criticizing the Mav’s campaign.
    I didn’t think this could happen.
    You mean there are actually real live columnists out there with some integrity?

  • obfuscator

    Does Peggy want to cut Palin’s ovaries off for tellin’ whiteys how to act?

  • AxmxZ

    Oh yes, and just so you know, since the ads went up I only visit once every couple of days. Because eyes hurty.

  • Hopelicious

    I don’t know how people can say that nothing of national significance happens in a small town like Wasilla.

  • RuperttheBear

    I think by “It’s over” she’s alluding to Christ’s words at John 19:30, “It is finished,” from the Greek tetelestai, which suggests the completion of a great work.

    And that great work is John McCain face raping the GOP.

  • jagorev

    That “it’s over” comment is more encouraging than Obama’s pagan orgy speech from last week.

    I mean, hope and inspiration and a grassroots movement is well and good, but I’d rather win this the easy, old fashioned way: make your enemies desperate and force them to fuck up massively. Seems like that that’s what might be happening.

  • qwerty42

    [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: I’m thinking PN is pissed about the selection and would have preferred Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Supposedly, Sen KBH is (or might be) pro choice, and therefore unacceptable. What is going on there? Yglesias describes these grim scenes; our editors seem to be seeing the same.

  • jagorev

    [re=81350]FunkyPalmettoBug[/re]: No, Noonan’s column was more like: choosing Palin is either going to be the biggest fuckup of all time or the most brilliant move of all time; I can’t say which.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Greater than Larry Craig. Better than a whole wing of Paultard blimps. Greater than PUMAs. Even better than the Washingtonienne. I love Sarah Palin (not for her MILF/GILFiness either.)

  • Outstando

    [re=81411]RuperttheBear[/re]: Awesome.

  • KittyKatMan

    The only thing older than Mccain is the last time Noonan had a hot meat injection.

  • jasonelias

    Got to love the way Peggy said, “It’s over” so terse and Waspy. Hilarious.

  • Vewol Mevemont

    I’m starting to fall in love with Peggy Noonan. Is this wrong?

  • Outstando

    Don’t you look at my V-PILF
    She’s the only one I got.
    Not much of a V-PILF.
    Never seem to win a lot.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=81384]Vanity Smurf[/re]: Oh that would be awesome. As likely as Bill O’Reilly admitting he’s a sexist douche on live TV, but awesome all the same.

  • mr.november

    Hot mic is the new sex tape.

  • StrangelyBrown

    Look for McCain to swing into the convention tomorrow on a vine, wearing a navy blue “COLLEGE” sweatshirt and a pink garterbelt-clad Palin hanging from his arm, then stagger up to the mic and proclaim “Over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”

    That’s about all that can save his candidacy now…

  • Borat

    Umm, Peggz says here VPILF is the greatest thing since christian rock

    [question: the coverage of the RNC I get in the UK has some hard rock band playing during the audience sequencies between speeches – I haven’t figured out if that is for real or some jokez the BBC is playing on the americans – please tell me this is true and a way they are trying to win over bitterz]

  • stolichnayaaa

    Serious question- How does this stuff get out? Is there an MSNBC tech somewhere leaking this, or does it go out over the sat feed and get intercepted there?

    In any event, this is a faaaascinating peek behind the curtains. Who knew Chuckie was such a gossip girl?

  • ColdCupofHope

    I applaud these two for the “come to Jeebus” moment, but they still didn’t have the sack to say this on the air. And after she doesn’t explode into a ball of flame tonight on stage, the media is going to crow about how well she stepped up to the plate.

    Until they uncover something else. And at this rate, they will.

    And let’s get a little wonky for sec: She’s a slow pitch to the fundies. But that wasn’t where McCain needed to pick up votes. He needs the Indies, Bitters, and middle of the road women–and she’s not going to help him there. She’s too extreme. The campaign is going to have to put her in front of a microphone sooner or later, and she had better have some good answers.

    And then there’s all the stuff NO ONE is talking about: Bob Barr is in double-digits in some states. Ron Paul will not be pushing his robots towards McCain. Bush could re-open the Vietnam War, send WALNUTS over there in a fighter jet, get shot down again, stay a POW until the first debate, and he still wouldn’t win!

  • qwerty42

    A huge split seems to be opening up in the upper parts of the Republican party. The discussion here is just one example. Another is from Meg Whitman, McCain’s national campaign co-chair. TPM has her saying the press vetting is not sexist. Steve Schmidt says it is. Joe Klein has a column “Angry Amateurs”. What kind of bounce does this stuff produce?

  • Cogito Ergo Bibo

    Chris Matthews is on fire on Hardball, in re: GOP hypocrisy in all of them saying how great Palin, despite never having mentioned her at all, EVER, prior to this week.

    Hair report: must have gotten better gel; seems to be staying put so far.

  • PoliTacky

    [re=81442]mr.november[/re]: Peggy Noonan gives good hot mic!

    Anyway: Panem et circenses. It’s not very “Mavericky” of McCain to go the tried-and-true Rovian tabloid route, but it’s sure getting people to finally pay attention to his weak-ass campaign. I wonder what’s going to be seen as the definitive moment it all started to backfire? Peggy Noonan calling “bullshit!” is definitely in the running!


  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    There is something about Peggy swearing that makes me all tingly.

  • Fear of a Black Reagan

    [re=81432]KittyKatMan[/re]: Not true. Unless McCain is about 30 seconds old.

    Oh wait, do you mean vaginal? Or the regular way?

  • Mr. Herpes

    McCain campaign is already putting out statement DENYING National Enquirer story about Palin affair. Sarah, call John Edwards, he’d like to cry with you.

  • kellygrrrl

    Hot Mic’s are God’s Will

  • Vanity Smurf

    [re=81452]stolichnayaaa[/re]: techs and camera crew are usually UNION.

  • Vanity Smurf

    [re=81439]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Mark my words, WSJ will endorse our Barry. Every Murdoch paper will.

  • sanantonerose

    Was she calling bullshit about the Palin pick? Or the way Palin is being trotted out to the MSM? Palin herself or the narrative of “traditional wife and mother?”

  • Guppy06

    [re=81351]Vanity Smurf[/re]: And THE LORD so loves the Wonkette that He gave one of His most misbegotten governors to run as vice president.

  • SmartMom

    columnv said, “Palin is the hero of every vagina American I know.”

    Then you don’t know this one!

  • njdon

    [re=81363]Clean for Gene[/re]: thanks. peggy noonan may be meaner than a junk yard dog but she’s honest in her fashion.

  • BaxterJones

    Wish they would say this when they knew the mikes were on. The news would be a lot more interesting.

  • mhale0

    Jim Newell- It wouldn’t be so bad if you’d take the time to give the non-pink areas a little padding so the text doesn’t run to the edge. The whole thing looks really slipshod.
    And Jesus, are complaints only welcome around here if they’re directed at politicians?

  • wvdude

    Wed Sep 03 2008 18:19:21 ET

    “The National Enquirer’s coverage of a vicious war within Sarah Palin’s extended family includes several newsworthy revelations, including the resulting incredible charge of an affair plus details of family strife when the Governor’s daughter revealed her pregnancy. Following our John Edwards’ exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, The Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”

  • shoeho

    [re=81542]wvdude[/re]: Best investigative reporting on the planet.

  • sanantonerose

    I think I heard one of the dudes say that the Palin pick is “unfair to Hutchinson.” As in my very own resident state Kleenex user Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson?

  • WhatTheHeck

    The Pegster got caught by trickle-down microphonics.

    [re=81542]wvdude[/re]: This is just too delicious.

  • Reefpilot

    Yeah, I got a hard-on too when Noonan said “It’s over.” Hawt

  • Reefpilot

    Addendum to hard-on: Is this Chris Matthews slam dunk somewhere on youtube or the internets? I stopped getting TV months ago when Rachel Ray went all islam on me and fox news kept talking about the whitey video but failed to actually deliver.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Peggy is going to be sent back to the factory for reprograming.

  • OffTheRecord

    First, I like the pink. I think it is pretty. Second, apparently I am such a girl and should go have babies and be vice president since my first reaction to pink wonkette was “Oh! Pink!” Third, hearing Murphy and Noonan say McCain fucked this up brings me more joy and comfort than you can possibly imagine.

  • schvitzatura

    [re=81374]Reefpilot[/re]: Clark Gregg will thank you for your support at the Oscars!

  • WonkaBee

    This thread is probably too old, but PN has issued a lengthy disclaimer saying that her “It’s over” meant that the days are over when “party leaders” can assume that “whatever the base of the Republican party thinks is what America thinks”

    I don’t think she’s one to lie, but I don’t find this explanation very convincing.

    She also says that she meant that “the idea of The Narrative” “The story the campaign wishes to tell about itself” is bullshit.

    I think the clip speaks for itself, really…

  • MathewBrooks

    Where the hell is that Blingee icon wonkette always shows when they talk about Peggy ‘saw a mexican’ Noonan?